The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has stated that the present administration is tackling insecurity head-on.
Naija News understands that Adesina made the observation during a recent interview on Channels Television, where he compared the current situation in the country to what was ‘witnessed in 2015’.
While defending his principal’s achievement so far in the fight against insurgency, Adesina said the incumbent government has and is doing well on insecurity but many people are mistaking it for stagnation.
Adesina admits that though at some point, insecurity challenges under the present government ‘exploded again and it became hydra-headed’, he is optimistic that the government has done great in ending the menace.
“Government is always a continuum. One government may do well in some areas and not do as well in some areas, and it will exit and another government will continue,” the presidential aide noted.
Going back to the history book, recounting when the All Progressive Congress, APC, government took over power from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Adesina noted that though it was only insurgency the government had to deal with back in 2015, however bombs were going off like firecrackers in all cities of the country.
According to him, it will be unfair for anyone to say that the incumbent government had not done well in the area of security. Adesina said; “Government is always a continuum. One government may do well in some areas and not do as well in some areas, and it will exit and another government will continue.
“Can you compare the security situation today, as dire as it is, with 2015? You dare not. As at 2015, yes, it was only insurgency then but the way bombs went off like firecrackers in all cities of the country, can you compare that to today?
“So, it will be disingenuous for you to say that there hadn’t been an improvement in certain areas in security. There are certain areas where the delivery is high — higher than some other areas. But for anybody to say it’s a complete failure, that will not be true.
“There were three main promises and it was expanded to nine priority areas. One, we will secure the country. We met an insecure country, we went at it and there was some stability, and after a while, it exploded again and it became hydra-headed.”
The presidential aide insists that insurgency was the main problem then, but banditry, kidnapping, cultism and all sorts of things came in.
“So, it’s a serious issue. But the government is working at it seriously. There is progress, but some people want to mistake it for stagnancy,” Adesina maintained.